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2012 Belmont Stakes Contenders: Street Life Somewhat Of An Unknown

Street Life will be making his first appearance in any of the Triple Crown races Saturday when he goes to post in the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. Street Life has been given 12-1 odds in the morning line of ruining the Triple Crown bid of I’ll Have Another.

Trainer Chad Brown sees Street Life as an improving horse who has yet to peak.

“He’s getting more mature, he’s getting sharper every day I see him training out there,” Brown said. "I think that he’s going to evolve into a more versatile horse, you’re going to see. Whether it’s Saturday or not, I don’t know, but as he matures, he will."

Street Life has the No. 1 post position, and 23 winners have come from that spot — more than any other.

Here is what BelmontStakes.org had to say about Street Life:

Street Life is drawing some attention from handicappers and admittedly does have the perfect racing style for the Belmont. Unlike Bodemeister, Street Life is a stalker/closer who’ll hang back until late in the race. Trainer Chad Brown suggests that that longer the race goes the better his horse gets and if that’s true he could be scary at the 1 ½ mile Belmont distance.

Mike Watchmaker of the Daily Racing Form isn’t sure Street Life is up to the challenge:

“People seem to think he fits here because he comes from way back. I think he’ll be exposed.”

Street Life placed third in the Peter Pan at Belmont in his last race.